Restrictions on parking on a main route to and from Rothesay would make the area more dangerous for road users, not less.
So says Argyll and Bute Council’s head of roads, Jim Smith, after he was asked by Bute Community Council to examine the situation on the A844 through Ardbeg.
BCC members have voiced concerns in recent months that motorists leaving cars parked on both sides of Ardbeg Road were contributing to a greater risk of accidents.
But in reply to a letter from BCC secretary Mick Common on the subject, Mr Smith states: “We have given some consideration to the issues raised in your letter and we believe that the introduction of a ‘clearway’ at Ardbeg Road would encourage drivers to travel faster along this stretch of road - i.e. we may improve the traffic flow situation but, by so doing, would very likely introduce a greater risk of speed-related road traffic incidents.
“Nevertheless, I do appreciate your concerns and have asked a member of staff to arrange a meeting with the police to discuss this issue in some detail.”
Mr Smith has promised to provide a further update after those discussions have taken place.
A similar answer was given by council officials in 2007 in response to calls to restrict parking in the Townhead area of Rothesay’s High Street following the opening nearby of Rothesay Joint Campus, with the authority’s staff stating that a ban on on-street parking would put children and parents walking to and from the campus at greater risk from speeding motorists.